Defensive Handgun I – Cameo

Date(s) - 11/17/2018

Cameo Shooting & Educational Complex

The Defensive Handgun I Course will be held at the Cameo Shooting & Educational Complex, located at Cameo Exit 46 on I-70 near Palisade, CO. We’ll start at 8:30 am and go until around 1 pm. We’ll break for a lunch and then continue on with a Defensive Handgun II after lunch, just in case you decide you’d like to also continue with us.

The DH1 is ideal for anyone of any skill level to learn safe handgun handling and use when fighting for life itself while under the stress inherent in such a fight.

The DH1 consists of learning or improving a natural, neutral fighting stance, proper and safe handling, draw stroke, loading correctly, recoil management, intuitive unsighted and sighted fire, and far more, ultimately creating combat accuracy while building speed and efficiency that works well with what the body does naturally when under fear and high stress.

Our students leave the range with realistic defensive fighting knowledge and skills, as well as having a great time. Get a friend to come along, it will only enhance what you learn!

Needed items:

– A handgun
– reliable holster
– a sturdy belt
– approximately 350 – 450 rounds of ammunition per person (for a semi-automatic), or 250 – 350 rounds of ammunition (for revolvers)
– three (3) magazines per semi-automatic handgun
– eye and ear protection
– any non-alcoholic beverage and food you’d like

If you have questions about using or finding a handgun and the needed accessories, please contact me as soon as possible to arrange help in picking one or ideas for the correct type of handgun best used for a dynamic defensive situation.

If you do not have a handgun but plan on purchasing one before the class, please contact Defenders USA first, if at all possible. We might be able to rent out a handgun or two for those who need to use one. We will be able to help in the selection of a proper defensive handgun that is a quality, efficient defensive handgun versus what is often pushed by the gun-counter sales folks at the vast majority of gun stores, or by the many other low-quality CCW courses, or that is usually recommended by others who do not understand defensive handguns as well as they usually believe.

The students will be doing a lot of moving so comfortable clothing with belt support is needed. Please remember this is an outdoor environment so dress accordingly.

Please be open-minded, especially those who already have been through some training somewhere. This is usually easy for those who’ve had little or no previous handgun training, so no issues there. But, if you’ve had some training somewhere else, please put any ego and former training habits aside enough to come learn. The vast majority of “gun people”, military personnel, and law enforcement who attend this training are almost always surprised in this training, finding it to be above and beyond what they’ve been through so far. And those with former firearms training will often find the techniques they’d previously ingrained are less efficient than what is actually needed. Come as an open book and willing to be challenged and to learn.

For those who chose to continue on their training, we will begin the Defensive Handgun II that afternoon after a short break for some lunch. The link to register for the combined Defensive Handgun I & II can also be found on our website calendar.


Registration are closed for this event.


May 20, 2014

Dear Adam:

The motivation for writing this letter comes from my deep appreciation and respect for the outstanding course experience that I had this past weekend under your direction and tutelage. On a scale of one to ten, it was an eleven.

I would guess, Adam, that I am not your typical student – while at the same time perhaps I am. At the age of nearly 69 I purchased my first firearm – no prior ownership of a handgun or a rifle – no hunting experience – no history of being around firearms very much at all in my life. Yes, I have gone to ranges to shoot guns owned by others and have had decent luck at carnivals, but nothing more. I actually never saw myself as a gun owner.

Having made the commitment to purchase a firearm for personal protection as well as that of my wife, I did so with great trepidation as I am savvy enough to know that being around something inherently dangerous without adequate knowledge of how to handle and use it is just not smart – in fact it is stupid. I had previously taken a “common” CCW course that is offered by many who are not really teachers. I became a firearm owner with a CCW card in my wallet – but no real knowledge or comfort level of how to handle or use my new gun. My sense of greatest safety came from knowing the gun was locked away from contact from everyone – including me.

It was my son who found you and Defenders USA. Together we invested nearly a dozen hours of classroom time and another ten or more hours on the range. Wow! What a huge return on that investment! I learned a great deal from you about a lot of basics and several topics that I never really thought about in the context of owning a gun – the morality of it all, necessary legal applications, the practical aspects of “life” as it happens – often without thought or warning and so much more. My notebook is full of necessary knowledge and provoked thinking that you stimulated in an environment ripe for learning and customized for retaining  – all set in a fun-filled and entertaining atmosphere.  You are good – in fact a very good teacher.

The training “on range” was incredible. I am no youngster – yet you had me shooting from positions and postures and at speeds that I would never have considered realistic or possible (not to say my body did not ache the following days). The entire class enjoyed a wonderful and fun time – all the while gaining the knowledge and confidence that each of us wanted and needed – knowledge which can only come from firing hundreds of rounds in situations that mirror real life. This was a blast (excuse the pun) and a forever memory!

Thank you, Adam. You have developed a course that I truly enjoyed. In a perfect world, this level of learning and experience should be a requirement for every gun owner or potential gun owner. Yes, I have a lot more to learn – but you created the atmosphere and motivation for me to want me to do so – hopefully with you and Defenders USA “calling the shots along the way” (I like puns). With many thanks and deep gratitude.